Crowding the Parlour
Miss Ramsay's wedding presents, Montreal, QC, 1895
Wm. Notman & Son
1895, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Architecture (8646) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255)
Keys to History
Temporarily packed, this room displays Miss Ramsay's wedding presents. A large wedding, traditionally paid for by the bride's father, ensures that the newlyweds' home will be handsomely decorated. While today we might give toasters and microwaves, in 1895 the more popular gifts include vases and glassware, pictures and frames, as well as toilet sets and workboxes for sewing. Included among the more expensive gifts are furniture, silverware, clocks and statuettes. By the end of the century, a consumer culture is entrenched as more and more goods are produced to serve an ever-growing market.
This is a photograph of wedding presents, including prints, a sketch, vases, a workbox, silver service, glassware and knick-knacks.
The presents are arranged in the corner of a room in a Montreal house, and are to be used in the residence of the newlyweds.
The photograph was taken in 1895.
The gifts were for Miss Ramsay. The photographer's studio belonged to William Notman and Son.